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Seattle Art Museum

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Address: 1300 1st Avenue, Between Union & University Street, Seattle, WA 98101-2902
Phone Number: 206-654-3100
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Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: This post-modern structure houses an impressive and eclectic collection.
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well worth the price of admission

See the "Indigenous Beauty" exhibit! The Native Alaskan carvings and various beadworks are especially magnificent. We had never been to SAM but had visited the University of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

See the "Indigenous Beauty" exhibit! The Native Alaskan carvings and various beadworks are especially magnificent. We had never been to SAM but had visited the University of British Columbia (UBC) Museum of Anthropology and the Campbell River Museum on Vancouver Island, and had seen some collections in the Southwest. By comparison, "Indigenous Beauty" is smaller but simply stunning. Be sure... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

Gorgeous exhibit of native american works both old and modern. I loved the baskets and the beadwork.

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Manhattan Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

Every time we visit Seattle we include SAM in our itinerary . The traveling exhibits are often stunning and always well executed, while their permanent collection is most impressive. We are most impressed with the spectacular African art collection. A must see!

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Dayton, Washington
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14 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This museum has some fantastic pieces, including a Liechtenstein I badly wanted to take home with me. I was not crazy about the layout, which is maze-like-- it's easy to miss things in side-rooms unless you double-back. There is something for everyone here. On our visit, there were special exhibits on native art and urban Indian art, both of which... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I'm not exactly the right person to leave a review for an art museum, so take this with a pinch of salt. My knowledge of art is....limited, to say the least, non existent would be more accurate. That being said, I can still review the place from what I saw and understood. The first thing that hit me was the... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Exhibit of Native American Artwork both Contemporary and Traditional. Diker collection. Well organized exhibit is of manageable size for single visit.

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Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The museum generally closes by 5pm except one weeknight when it has extended hours. I read online that every first Thursday of the month, admission is free! I just happened to be in town then so it was a bonus! The museum itself is fairly small with just two floors. I was really interested in seeing the India exhibit because... More 

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Manly, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Taken here by my wife, but end up really enjoying the morning. From the first people of Canada to the first people of Australia. All manner of art / anthropology. Beautiful museum and book shop.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

When I visited there was a fantastic Miro temporary exhibit on show! Great museum, awesome facilities and well trained staff.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Overall the museum offers a great collection of diverse exhibits - European, American, contemporary, pop, Asian, Pacific, etc. Some favorites were Japanese textiles/fans, NW Indian, roman glass, Old Master Italian, and a collection of Aboriginal paintings which induced visual vertigo. The museum is large enough to have fun, and intimate enough to not feel overwhelmed.

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